President Goodluck Jonathan said on Saturday that he conceded defeat in the March 28 presidential elections to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in obedience to the laws of the country.
Jonathan stated this while fielding questions from newsmen at his country home of Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, after voting in the State Assembly elections.
According to the president, as an individual, he is often pleased to respect the constitution of the country and so, as a nation, Nigerians should respect the country’s laws.
Jonathan said: “I am a Nigerian and I am Goodluck Jonathan. I feel that as a nation you respect your laws; I am quite pleased to respect the laws of the land.
“The key thing is that citizens must be ready to change government properly through credible elections every four years and as a nation, we are quite happy we are consolidating in our democratic efforts.’’
The President said he was happy that he had done his civic duty, and urged others to do same.
Commenting on the low voter turnout on Saturday’s elections in Bayelsa, Jonathan explained that it was because there was no governorship election in the state, only the State House of Assembly polls which stakes were not very high.
“In some other states where they have governorship elections the stakes will be higher; turnout may be better; the level of mobilisation may be quite high.
“But here it is just the State House of Assembly and that is why you don’t see that kind of enthusiasm and so on and so forth,” the president said.
He expressed optimism about the overall conduct of the election nationwide, saying that from the feelers he received about the polls, he knew that elections were going on well, though there are bound to be some issues in some places considering Nigeria’s big size.